want to be Richard Donner in early 1978. His Superman movie went so far over
budget that the sequel, being shot simultaneously, was abandoned. Bracing
themselves for a disaster, the producers threw everything they had into the
first movie and crossed their fingers.
As it happened, not
only did Donner’s movie become a huge hit, it was included on Roger Ebert’s
list of Great Movies, an incredible honour for a “mere” comic book movie.
Adjusted for ticket price inflation, it was more popular at the time than Superman Returns
or Man Of Steel. It was a pop culture phenomenon.
similarly troubled shoots surrounded the production of Bryan Singer’s X-Men and
Patty Jenkins’ Wonder Woman, which also broke through the chatter and went on
to set box office records. If there’s a moral here, it’s that time is the only
critic whose opinion matters.
comic book movie gets to repeat their success, however. For every Wonder Woman,
there’s a movie that underwhelmed audiences on release and acquired an
undeserved reputation as a stinker. These films deserve a second chance, if
only to prove they’re not as bad as you remembered.